Websites blocked in the United Kingdom

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Blocked by mobile operators and ISP network filters[edit]

Blocked by CAIC List[edit]

Site name Domain or URL Type of
site
Reason Blocked
by
Start
date
Resolution
date
Wikipedia[1][2] Virgin Killer record album article on en.wikipedia.org Online encyclopedia Potentially indecent image of underage child Internet Watch Foundation 5 December 2008 unblocked by IWF on 9 December 2008
Wayback Machine archive.org Web archive Site incompatibility with Cleanfeed Internet Watch Foundation[3] 14 January 2009 16 January 2009[4][5]
FileServe fileserve.com File hosting Mistake Internet Watch Foundation[6] 16 November 2011[7] 18 November 2011
WordPress.com Several servers of wordpress.com Blog hosting Mistake ISP(s)[8] 17 July 2013 29 July 2013
Imgur[9] Specific address range(s) used by imgur.com Image hosting Technical issue with content lock system EE October 2013 Technical problem resolved by 22 November 2013[10]
WordPress.com Several servers of wordpress.com Blog hosting Mistake ISP(s)[11] 26 November 2013 5 December 2013
Imgur imgur.com Image hosting Technical Implementation[12] Sky Broadband 14 December 2013 16 December 2013
WordPress.com Several servers of wordpress.com Blog hosting Mistake? ISP(s)[13] 12 March 2014 ~16 March 2014

Court ordered implementations targeting copyright infringement[edit]

Sites are blocked using various methods across the "Big 5" UK ISPs,[14] in accordance with the Digital Economy Act, making it difficult to ascertain the extent to which a site is 'blocked' or not.

ISPs with over 400,000 subscribers[15] subject to blocking orders:

Site name Domain or URL Type of
site
Reason Blocked
by
Start
date
Resolution
date
NewzBin2[18] newzbin.com,
later newzbin.es
Usenet binary
file search
Copyright Court Order November
2011
site closed in November 2012
The Pirate Bay[19] www.thepiratebay.org and www.thepiratebay.se File sharing Copyright Court Order May 2012
Fenopy
H33t
KickassTorrents
www.fenopy.eu
h33t.com
kat.ph
File sharing Copyright Court Order[20][21] March 2013
Movie2k www.movie2k.to File sharing Copyright Court Order[22]
May 2013 4 June 2013 pointed to statement on Pirate Party Germany[23]
Download For All www.dl4all.com File sharing Copyright Court Order[22] May 2013
EZTV[20] www.eztv.it File sharing Copyright Court Order July 2013
First Row Sports[24][25] www.firstrow1.eu Streaming Copyright Court Order July 2013
TorrentFreak[26][27] torrentfreak.com News site Technical Implementation EZTV and Sky Broadband 7 August 2013 9 August 2013
DNS Made Easy[28] including Radio Times and hundreds more[29][30] radiotimes.com plus many more DNS provider and its customers Technical Implementation Premier League 13 August 2013 14 August 2013

1337x
Abmp3
BeeMPS
Bit Snoop
Bomb-Mp3
eMp3World
ExtraTorrent
File Crop
FilesTube
Monova
Mp3 Juices
Mp3lemon
Mp3 Raid
Mp3 Skull
New Album Releases
Rapid Library
Torrent Crazy
Torrent Downloads
Torrent Hound
Torrent Reactor
Torrentz

1337x.org
abmp3.com
beemp3s.org
bitsnoop.com
bomb-mp3.com
emp3world.cc
extratorrent.cc
www.filecrop.com
www.filestube.com
www.monova.org
mp3juices.com
mp3lemon.org
mp3raid.com
mp3skull.com
newalbumreleases.net
rapidlibrary.com
torrentcrazy.com
www.torrentsdownload.org
www.torrenthound.com
torrentreactor.net
torrentz.eu

File sharing Copyright Court Order[31][32] October 2013

PrimeWire
Vodly
WatchFreeMovies
Project Free TV
YIFY Torrents

primewire.ag
Vodly.to
www.watchfreemovies.ch
www.free-tv-video-online.me
www.yify-torrents.com

Streaming

Streaming
Streaming
Streaming
File sharing

Copyright Court Order[33] November 2013
Solar Movie
Tube +
solarmovie.so
www.tubeplus.me
Streaming Copyright Court Order[34] November 2013
Megashare

Viooz
Watch32
Zmovie

megashare.info

viooz.co
watch32.com
zmovie.co

Streaming Copyright Court Order[35] March 2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wikipedia falls foul of British censors", Bobbie Johnson, The Guardian, 7 December 2008. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  2. ^ "How to make child-porn blocks safe for the internet", Cory Doctorow, The Guardian, 16 December 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2013.
  3. ^ "IWF confirms Wayback Machine porn blacklisting", Cade Metz, The Register, 14 January 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  4. ^ Accessing archive.org, Brian Widdas, Google Groups discussion, 14 January 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2013.[unreliable source?]
  5. ^ "Demon ends porn-less Internet Archive block", Cade Metz, The Register, 16 January 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  6. ^ "IWF Blacklist Snafu Blocks Access To FileServe", Tom Jowitt, TechWeek Europe, 21 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Blacklist hitch causes Virgin Media FileServe block", David Meyer, ZDNet (CBS Interactive), 21 November 2011. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  8. ^ "Recent problems accessing WordPress.com sites", WordPress Forums, Support, 22 July 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  9. ^ "EE irks 4G customers with unexplained Imgur block", Carly Page, The Inquirer, 19 November 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  10. ^ "EE censoring/filtering 4GEE internet connections. IMGUR.COM", Comment #21 by Ed H, Community Manager on EE Community, 22 November 2013. Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Dashboard errors related to TalkTalk ISP issue", WordPress.com Support Forum, 26 November 2013. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Imgur Wiped Out By Sky Broadband Torrent Site Blocking". Torrentfreak. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "Dashboard Errors - TalkTalk, Sky, and BT Care Users", WordPress.com Support Forum, 12 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  14. ^ "Big 5 ISPs", Open Rights Group Wiki, 28 July 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  15. ^ "New measures to protect online copyright and inform consumers", News Release, Office of Communications (Ofcom), 26 June 2012. "The code will initially cover ISPs with more than 400,000 broadband-enabled fixed lines – currently BT, Everything Everywhere, O2, Sky, TalkTalk Group and Virgin Media." Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  16. ^ "Our approach to protecting copyright", Sky Broadcasting Group. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  17. ^ "Why are some websites not available through Virgin Media?", Broadband and Internet : Internet Security, Virgin Media. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  18. ^ "BT ordered to block Newzbin2 filesharing site within 14 days", Mark Sweney, The Guardian, 26 October 2011. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  19. ^ "The Pirate Bay must be blocked by UK ISPs, court rules". BBC News Online. 30 April 2012. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  20. ^ a b Edward Smith (23 July 2013). "UK Court to Block File-Sharing Sites EZTV and YIFY". International Business Times. Retrieved 3 November 2013. 
  21. ^ "Steps Towards Uncovering the UK’s Piracy Site Blackout", TorrentFreak, 19 July 2013. Retrieved 25 November 2013.[third-party source needed]
  22. ^ a b Andy (20 May 2013). "UK ISPs Block Huge Movie Site Movie2K, Proxy Immediately Unblocks". TorrentFreak. 
  23. ^ "The German Pirate Party Takes Over Movie2K to Spread Its Message", Lucian Parfeni, Softpedia, 5 June 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  24. ^ "Premier League wins piracy block of First Row Sports", David Lee, BBC News, 17 July 2013. Retrieved 4 November 2013.
  25. ^ Football Association Premier League Limited v. British Sky Broadcasting Limited, et al.", England and Wales High Court (Chancery Division) Decisions, British and Irish Legal Information Institute, Neutral Citation Number: [2013] EWHC 2058 (Ch), Case No: HC13F02471, 16 July 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  26. ^ "Sky’s Court Ordered Piracy Filter Blocks TorrentFreak", TorrentFreak, 9 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.[third-party source needed]
  27. ^ "News site TorrentFreak 'blocked' by Sky's piracy filter", Kadhim Shubber, Wired UK (Condé Nast UK), 9 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  28. ^ "DNS Made Easy", website. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  29. ^ "Radio Times caught up in Premier League's piracy fight", Leo Kelion, BBC News, 14 August 2013.
  30. ^ "OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball", Kelly Fiveash, The Register, 15 August 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  31. ^ "ISPs told to block 21 pirate sites", BBC News, 29 October 2013. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  32. ^ "21 new torrent sites added to UK banned list", Jo Best, ZDNet, 30 October 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  33. ^ UK Piracy Blocklist Expands With YIFY, PrimeWire, Vodly and Others, TorrentFreak, 22 November 2013. Retrieved 22 November 2013.[third-party source needed]
  34. ^ "Brit ISPs ordered to add more movie-streaming websites to block list", Andrew Orlowski, The Register, 14 November 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2013.
  35. ^ Ernesto. "UK Piracy Blocklist Expands With Megashare, Viooz, Watch32 and Zmovie". Retrieved 12 March 2014. 

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